Me Wants It: Valerie Mayen, McQueen, Choo and more!

Did you know that Cleveland, OH holds its own Fashion Week every May?
Or that three Ohioans competed in Season 5 of Project Runway?  

Or that Seasons 3, 6 and 7 also each had one contestant from the state?

Or that at least ten different Ohio schools offer degrees in Fashion Design?

Most people don’t think “fashion” when they think of Cleveland, yet fashion is an important facet of the city.
Project Runway kicked off it’s 8th Season last week.  During the premiere episode we were introduced to another local contestant: Valerie Mayen.  Although she’s been sworn to secrecy regarding the show, the local buzz is that she may be among the final contestants competing for top prize.
Valerie’s designs, and her shop Yellowcake, are well known amongst Clevelanders who do follow fashion.  This weeks edition of “Me Wants It” includes two coats from her etsy shop that would be perfect for those chilly Cleveland days that are around the corner.
  
I love the name of this Valerie Mayen coat: The Blue Kangaroo.  How cute is that, and how great is the color?    
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This white Valerie Mayen coat is also just as lust-worthy.  Great shape, excellent-looking construction.  I don’t know which coat I like more.
 

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This military-inspired Jack by BB Dakota coat is not as luxe as Mayen’s pieces, but it is still on trend. 

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Moving on to footwear, first up are these Frye Over the Knee Boots in distressed, pebbled leather.  I can’t decide between smoke and black.  Which do you prefer?

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Then we have these Jimmy Choo suede ankle boots.  I love this take on shearling – very glamorous. 
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Saks Fifth Avenue NYC recently announced that it would begin carrying some designs in size 14 (and up) in (extremely) limited numbers.  In the meantime, I can pretend the two dresses come in my size.
I love the exposed lining and frayed wool in this Alexander McQueen’s distressed pencil dress.  
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There is a definite vintage feel to this printed silk dress by Erdem.  All it needs is a pen necklace like the one Joan wears on Mad Men!
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My weekly bag pick is this Sara Berman studded slouch bag.  Check out the different sizes of the studs on the bottom of the bag.  It’s a softer look than the studded bags of the past few seasons.


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Finally we have this simple necklace by Gorjana.  I’m a huge fan of her line, and this piece is no exception.  

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What are you coveting?  What Fall trends are you most excited about? 
All images courtesy of net-a-porter, Etsy, shopbop, and ModCloth 

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  • Beautifully Invisible August 6, 2010, 3:00 PM

    Just checked your post out – loving just about everything!

    I love the Fall – its cooled down a bit here (finally). I just like the winter to stay away :)

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  • Beautifully Invisible August 6, 2010, 2:59 PM

    See, Cleveland – Omaha – I wonder what OTHER non NYC cities have a Fashion Week?

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  • Beautifully Invisible August 6, 2010, 2:59 PM

    Oh my gosh! I had no idea. Thank you! *blushes*

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  • A Brit Greek August 3, 2010, 4:16 AM

    O stylish one, come get your award!

    x.o.x.o

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  • Casee Marie August 3, 2010, 1:31 AM

    Gorgeous post! I had no idea there was so much fashion going on in Ohio! They have a Fashion Week here in Omaha as well – they've got something besides corn and college football out here in Nebraska, who knew? – and I was thinking about going to see how it is. :)

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  • WendyB August 2, 2010, 11:49 AM

    Smoke for the boots! Much more interesting.

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  • A Brit Greek August 2, 2010, 11:18 AM

    Darl, there's so much i'm loving for fall but it's so hot in Greece that AW clothing isn't going to be put into good use for quite some time. Am loving leopard, chunky knits mixed with delicate florals and chiffons… leather… mustard with deep indigo… you'll have to see my latest obsession on today's post!

    x.o.x.o

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